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Coup engulfs Facebook’s largest Corbyn group

According to some reports, last Sunday saw the beginning of a virtual coup of Facebook’s largest Jeremy Corbyn supporters group entitled ‘I’m backing Jeremy Corbyn‘.

I’m backing Jeremy Corbyn group, cover photo missing.

Today, Thursday, saw that virtual coup take hold to its fullest, at just before midnight the groups membership had plummeted from over 15,000 members to less than 8,000. (5,000 by 1.30am Friday morning)

An account, presumably fake, by the name of ‘Artem Kalita‘ had allegedly posed as a representative of the Labour Party and convinced the original administration team to allow him onto the admin panel. In the world of Facebook groups any administrator of a Facebook group can kick anyone out of the group including the groups creator. 

Artem Kalita, Fake account

This is exactly what happened leaving Artem the sole administrator of the group. Since then the group has been changed from a public group, where anyone can find the group, to a secret group, meaning no one can find the group via a Facebook search. 

Group changed from Open to Secret making the group inaccessible to outsiders

In addition to that the groups cover photo was removed, anti-Corbyn posts were put up within the group and as mentioned earlier members are now being removed from that group and it is expected that by some time on Friday the group will be down to zero members. 

In the meantime there has been a drive to warn members of the group and provide alternative groups to join to keep abreast of Labour news. (Details below) 

Whilst the actions of the individual in question poses no threat to users of Facebook or the group in question it will cause an inconvenience as they seek out other sources of information and means the core 15,000 members will now be spread more thinly across other groups, this though is likely to be easily overcome rendering the attackers efforts useless and pointless. 

In a similar attack just a few days ago the Facebook page ‘Red Labour‘ which also had several thousand members was also taken over. It is unclear if it was the same person behind the attacks but according to some reports the creator of Red Labour was the same as the creator of the I’m backing Jeremy Corbyn group meaning if the creator was duped for one, then it will have been easier to have been duped for the second. 

It appears dozens if not hundreds of people have reported the Facebook profile of the attacker to Facebook and according to some people his account was briefly taken off line, however his account was later re-established. 

Artems Facebook profile has one key pointer as to his agenda as shown by the image below, some have speculated that aside from just being a Conservative Party supporter the profile may be what is known as a professional troll. 

David.Cameron email address

This is someone who is paid to conduct actions like that has been described in this article, the only question that would remain is by whom? Conservative Party action groups? Official or unofficial Conservative groups? Some have suggested it could be the work of Britain First (although let’s not give them the credit for this, they can barely muster a meeting, let alone the downing of an established page and group). 

The idea of paid trolls is not outlandish to suggest. Israel have admitted they use paid military personnel to influence online debate in favour of their circumstances and the British Government have also admitted to the possibility of using military personnel to conduct similar actions against ‘online extremism’, and we all know David Cameron’s thoughts on Corbyn and his supporters. 

Ex members of the group who follow old links to the group are now met with this
 

Below are all the details you need to catch up and get back in touch with Corbyn Supporters.

We support Jeremy Corbyn was set up as an alternative group and people are being re-directed here where possible 

For the latest on what’s happening, this group was set up at the link

Other Corbyn groups that are established include Jeremy Corbyn leads us to 2020 and Jeremy Corbyn will be prime minister

If you find that you need to visit the new Red Labour page then click this new link here

As usual please support our blog by following us and also visiting our own group at Extreme Resistance 

Spread the word about this incident to not only inform others so they know where to find other Corbyn supporters but also to provide a much needed warning about trusting new administrators into groups. 

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Work. Why is it no fun?

When did the fun stop? 

My 4 year old bounced with joy when he saw the bin men and gleefully said “I want to be a bin man and collect all the bins”

I thought ‘at what point do we as humans stop thinking everything is fun and start realising that actually these things are not fun’
Work is never fun, not unless you happen to be doing the one job in the world that you actually really want to do. For most people that’s just not a reality. 

If you doubt that sentiment, ask yourself, would you be doing the job you have now exactly as it is, for no pay? If you answered no, then you are not doing the job because you enjoy it. You’re doing it out of need. You have no other way to survive without one. This is why workers can be seen as slaves. Even well paid ones. 

So when does the fun stop and the life sentence begin? From a practical view point it’s the moment you can legally pay taxes. From a theoretical point of view it’s the moment you have to do something when you’re told to do it, how they want it done and you’re told how much your time is worth. 

This is the moment your true freedom stops.

The reality is it probably never even started. Most people these days live at home with mum and dad into their twenties and even if you think you have had freedom for some years living at home, what about prior to your 18th birthday? Was there really that much freedom before then? Most people will not experience freedom until their retirement and even then they will be relying on the system for everything. Some of us may not even make it to retirement with the ever increasing retirement age.

Some will ask “well, what can we do about it”. The answer is not much. Unless the overthrow of Capitalism happens. Which is unlikely any time soon. 

But there are things we can do to change the future. 

• Campaign for schools to put ever more emphasis on teaching children self sufficiency in DIY and Agriculture in schools from a young age. 

• Teach your children these skills in the mean time. 

• Promote more skilled labour instead of meaningless desk work

• Practice bartering with your own products or skills. Work for food instead of money? After all, you will only spend the money on food anyway. 

These are just a few of many examples. 

One day when enough people realise that we don’t need the system we have, as we know it, then one day people will never have to work a day in their life again. Not in the true sense of ‘work’. 

The education system is your child’s enslavement. 

Tribespeople throughout history and until this very day are able to build their own homes. They can grow their own food and can catch their own food. They pass this knowledge down to every single child. 

They don’t use money or have banks. They don’t have ‘jobs’. They have community leaders not politicians. Contrary to popular belief they rarely have ‘wars’. They respect nature and live within it. 

Developing countries it could be argued are in the half-way house between this old way of living and the modern ‘democratic societies’, still retaining the ability to fend for oneself as far as possible whilst striving for greater ‘democracy’ including better education, better living standards and so on and so forth. 

Then you have modern democratic societies. A few people still retain the ability to fend for themselves by going off-grid. Some people learn how to fend for themselves to one degree or another. However, by and large every single person who lives within a democratic country has lost the ability to build their own shelter, lost the ability to grow or source their own food, they have to have a job to earn money which pays for their food, pays for their shelter, pays for their very survival, without which they could starve or be homeless. We have one leader dictating what everyone should do, barely influenced by community leaders. Modern societies are constantly at war in one form or another. Nature is an after thought and the protection of the environment is second to profit. We live in sprawling cities and towns with little community spirit. 

It is a personal stand point if you value one type of existence over another. Some people prefer the simple fulfilling existence of living away from the rat race. Some people prefer the ability to have whatever money can buy and arguably assured safety, health and wealth, to at least some degree. After all, living a simple life can be a drain on your health and longevity simply because you do not use the most modern health facilities. 

There are pros and cons on both sides of the fence. 

  
The question is though, if tomorrow the lights went out, If tomorrow there was a Great War, If tomorrow the system collapsed, if tomorrow you were made homeless, if tomorrow you lost your income.. Could you source your own food without government assistance? Could you maintain or build your own home? Do you know how to grow a vegetable patch? or insulate a building made out of wood? Or build a water pump? How much do you know? How much do your children know? How much are we taught as humans to be self sufficient during hard times? 

The education system we have in modern society is built so that you can get a good job when you leave school. It is not designed to make you self sufficient. It doesn’t teach you the basics, and where it does, it is so basic that by the time you leave school you will have forgotten most of it. Sure, you may go on to specialise in one area such as carpentry etc.. But that won’t help you maintain vegetables through a winter. It won’t help you plan to stock up throughout that winter. Point is, we are at all times vulnerable. 

Without our carefully crafted systems in place we are nothing more than robots doing as we are told in the hope that one day we can afford the next gadget or save for old age. Without our carefully crafted systems in place most people would be dead within a few months. How much do you know? Are we better off? And if we are better off are we not a vulnerable species where at the end of it all, the only survivors would be the very tribespeople we look at as being poor, out of touch and backwards. 

I am not suggesting you suddenly go off-grid and leave it all behind. It’s too late anyway. We are taught from a very young age to assimilate, to conform and by the time adulthood comes there is often very little chance of going back. What I am suggesting though is that we push for a change in education, an education where it is not just about the right subjects to get the right job. It should be an education that encompasses this and an education that gives every child the ability to grow up knowing how to grow and maintain crops, the ability to build a shelter and maintain it. To be able to fend for themselves through the hard times. To appreciate what it takes to live, to survive. 

  
It would benefit them, benefit the communities around them, benefit nature and they could still, if they wanted, get a job pushing paper, sweeping the roads, staring at a computer, building weapons of war, dig for oil, buy stocks and shares in the finance industry or any other meaningless role just to be able to have that money to buy the latest things that they don’t actually need but instead just ‘want’ then in 70 odd years they can retire on usually next to nothing and sit in their homes unable to to do anything with their lives either because they don’t have enough money or through ill health. But it’s ok. The government is done with them. They have exhausted your child’s worth. 

Suddenly when you realise all this it becomes questionable if you would rather this sort of existence or one that is more simple but more free. Shorter but more free. 

We have little freedom simply because we don’t know how to be free and don’t know how to obtain that freedom and that is because we are not educated enough as a society. Maybe we can change all that if we only woke up a little to our own enslavement.

The Protest Players – Part 2

Hot on the heels of ‘The Protest Players – Part 1‘ comes the second instalment of this mini series looking at ‘who is who?’ of the organisers of the recent batch of anti austerity protests. 

This time we focus on UK Uncut who arranged the protest in the image below for Saturday 30th May 2015

  
and we also look at the organisers of the second protest of the day as shown in the image below…

  
The Organisers of ‘The Great British Right off’ (we’re not sure if that’s a grammatical error or if its meant to be a play on words) were three individuals. Jon Warner, Kelly Fitz and Kyle Williamson. We will talk a little about them later in the blog. 

I must stress at this point that we support protests and are not here to belittle any organisation. I know exactly how hard it is to get support for a protest and how much effort it can take to generate interest. The point of this mini series is to question if the tactics we conduct are working, asking if we know exactly who we are protesting on behalf of and with whom and if we can learn anything of note. I personally have what some may say are controversial opinions on certain groups and tactics but it is opinion with the best of intentions. 

So, UK Uncut had called for more protests just a few days after the previous (semi) high profile protest event on the day of the State Opening of Parliament, and it seems UK Uncut had better success at attracting the numbers. Being a Saturday and just after lunchtime it was hardly a surprise. 

The UK Uncut website says of itself;

“UK Uncut is a grassroots movement taking action to highlight alternatives to austerity. We use acts of creative civil disobedience to show our opposition to the Government’s cuts to our public services”

They go on to say;

“Austerity-economics is the policy of the powerful. It cannot be stopped by asking nicely. If we want to win the fight against these cuts (and we can win) then we must make it impossible to ignore our arguments and impossible to resist our demands. This means building a powerful grassroots mass movement, able to resist the Government cuts at every turn”

“Since 2010 there have been over 800 UK Uncut actions all over the country”

(The bold type will be relevant later)

The UK Uncut website doesn’t go into who runs it or how it really formed, just that it started from a group of people starting off with a hashtag and the idea growing from there. 

I am more than a little curious, I would love to ask them how they built it up so much since 2010. After all, a good idea needs more than just a hashtag. Trust me. 

Even with The People’s Assembly that we covered in Part 1 of this mini series at least they went into how it was formed and who they got the backing of in the first instance. You get an idea of where there roots are. (Generally Labour MP’s looking for a leftist platform for the party if you were wondering). With UK Uncut, you just don’t know. 

UK Uncut claim to be neither left nor right leaning but offer alternative solutions to austerity. On their Wikipedia entry it states that the group was initially formed by 10 people in 2010 in a pub and yet in 2011 just one year after their formation, the following is said to have happened;

“In November 2011, the legal arm of UK Uncut took HM Revenue & Customs to court. HMRC had been accused of failing to provide substantial reasons for not collecting billions of pounds in tax revenue”
What group of people in a pub in the space of a year gets their own ‘legal arm’? The article doesn’t elaborate but we are taking it at face value. We think there is a question to answer there but we will leave it to you to decide what that question should be. 

Before we move on to the organisers of the second Protest of the day we must pose just a couple more questions about the UK Uncut demo. 

How did the protest go? And what of the bold text above that we haven’t touched upon yet? 

Both questions can be answered as one. The protest happened. It happened and a fair number of people attended, a few thousand maybe. 

What creative act of civil disobedience occurred to make it impossible for the government to ignore?

As far as we can reasonably be expected to know, a great big banner was unfurled over Westminster Bridge. Huzzah!

The event description contained the following passage; 

  
The banner was indeed bold, exciting? Not so much. Creative? Far from it. Secret location? So secret I don’t think anyone knows what happened.. Was Westminster Bridge the secret location? Who knows. 

And this;

  
The Green Party can give us an even better future than the SNP so I assume that UK Uncut are backing the Greens? 

(Shameful Plug alert: Search #IAM99G on Facebook search or on Twitter… For a Green 2020)

So what have we learnt from today’s protest and the 800 other UK Uncut actions since 2010? Not a lot, other than government haven’t been moved by any of the 800+ actions. 

So what of the second protest of the day? 

Same day, same time, different location different cause, although once again we say if the protesters had teamed up maybe things could have been a lot different. So often we hear groups like the People’s Assembly and UK Uncut talk of unity and organising, yet they can’t seem to Organise with each other. 

This cause though was for the threat to the Human Rights Act. (We think the word ‘Rights’ is how the spelling for the event was realised, ‘Great British Right off’). A noble cause and one which many activists online are talking about. 

4,700 had said they would attend the UK Uncut demo. 6,200 had said the would attend the ‘Right off’ demo. 

We estimated earlier that around 3,000 turned up for UK Uncut, so it wasn’t shabby at all. For the ‘Right off’ though we estimate about 100 turned up. How did we come to that conclusion? We have little idea ourselves. Actually it was allegedly 500 according to one update we read. 

Meet the organisers of the ‘Right off’. 

First up is Kyle Williamson, his profile gives nothing away other than one post which is anti-tory so that’s a good start although he couldn’t attend because of illness. Then we have Kelly Fitz… I think.. Well… It might… Then we move on to Jon Warner, poor old Jon. Jon seems to be the main organiser here and he was none too pleased at the turnout. I feel for him because I arranged a protest back on 2nd May and if it hadn’t been for Occupy and ‘Feed the Birds’ doing their own thing on the day the official attendence for my protest would have stood at a grand total of around 14. Maybe one or two more at a push. I really do feel for him.

One thing that stands out from Jon’s profile is that he is almost certainly a Labour supporter. He likes the Liberal Democrats but not that much.  

Here are a couple of excerpts from his public status update after the protest;

 

think he is referring to the Unions here
 
 
Bloody toothless Unions
 
 
sea of yellow being the Lib Dems
 

look, here they are!

 

when all you want is a dozen Labour and all you end up with is 100 Lib Dems..

So what we have had today, much like we mentioned in Part 1 of this mini series is two different yet similar groups organising two different events on the same day, again, with one turning out well but having little impact on anything whilst another realises that as individuals we get the short end of the stick, we don’t have a name behind us, like ‘UK Uncut’ or ‘The People’s Assembly’. Maybe they should get a name. ‘Write off the Right off’ perhaps? No? I tried. 

It just leaves me to point out one last thing. People’s Assembly, largely a platform for Labour MP’s as we pointed out in Part 1, the GB ‘right off’ most certainly Labour orientated (plus the Lib Dem 100). So when you support these events just remember you may be giving a voice or support, in an indirect way at least, to the Labour Party. 

We need to do away with the Old political guard. Especially now Labour are moving to the right. It’s odd that Jon hasn’t noticed that yet. Jon! Get back over here… Go Green instead. 

The next in the series will be sometime after the 20th June when we take another but much more brief look at The People’s Assembly again as well as the 10 million Bloc’s taking part. There is a bloc for everything these days. Part 4 will look at a National Strike on 29th June but we are not even sure the Unions either a) know it’s happening or b) would even turn up to their own protest if there was a national strike… Toothless. I may stop at Part 4. We will have to see how much comedy material I have left. 

Keep on Protesting, keep on fighting back. 

The Protest Players – Part 1

This mini series of Blog Posts, all entitled ‘The Protest Players’ will look at recent protests, who organised them, who backs them and also poses questions around their methods and tactics. 

Do you know who you are backing? Are they the right way forward? How much power do they have? How do they operate? Are their tactics working? 

In part 1 of this mini series we look at the recent protests at the State opening of Parliament on 27th May 2015. Who was behind the protests? What happened on the day? What can we learn?

On 27th May 2015 at around 11.30am the Queen gave her speech at the State opening of Parliament at the Houses of Parliament in London. Earmarked for that day were two main protests, largely against austerity and cuts under a Conservative government.

On social media you could find several videos depicting the days protests including; 

Video from Nuzulu / Video from Urban Pictures / Video from BluelightTV

One thing is clear from these videos. Not one of these videos shows any form of protest or disruption of the State opening of Parliament, the very thing the protests were meant to target. Perhaps the protesters couldn’t get near to the event? 

This next video would suggest otherwise. In it, two men are arrested to prevent a breach of the peace for seemingly just having anti austerity placards on their person. They were situated at Parliament Square itself right at the time of the State Opening. 

Video of protesters being arrested at the State opening of Parliament at Parliament Square 

Why were these the only two lone soles to protest at Parliament Square at the time of the State Opening? Where was everyone else and who were the people behind organising the days protests?

The People’s Assembly against austerity had arranged for a protest on the day, to convene on Downing Street at 17.30. Hours after the State Opening had occurred.

The Peoples Assembly protest event page on Facebook

The second protest of the day was organised by a few groups, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC), NUS london and The Brick Lane debates. This time it was arranged for Trafalgar Sqaure at 17.00. We will look at the main group that arranged this, NCAFC, later in the blog.
 

NCAFAC protest event page on Facebook
 

So why did The People’s Assembly and National Campaign against fees and cuts arrange protests on the same day, at different times and at different locations that had no influence or impact on the state opening of parliament? 

First we will examine The People’s Assembly. 

According to their website; 

‘The People’s Assembly Against Austerity was launched with a letter to the Guardian by the initial signatories below’

  • Tony Benn President, Coalition of Resistance
  • Len McCluskey General secretary, Unite the Union 
  • Mark Serwotka General secretary, PCS 
  • Christine Blower General secretary, NUT
  • Michelle Stanistreet General secretary, NUJ
  • Manuel Cortez General secretary, TSSA
  • Dave Prentis General secretary, Unison
  • Billy Hayes General secretary, CWU
  • Bob Crow General secretary, RMT
  • Mick Whelan General secretary, Aslef
  • Kevin Courtney Deputy general secretary, NUT
  • Paul Mackney Former general secretary Natfhe (now UCU)
  • Vicky Baars NUS union development
  • Kevin Donnelly Trade Union Council JCC
  • Caroline Lucas MP
  • Katy Clark MP
  • Jeremy Corbyn MP
  • John McDonnell MP
  • Murad Qureshi London assembly member
  • Dawn Butler Former Labour minister for young citizens and youth engagement
  • Tariq Ali Author
  • John Pilger Journalist
  • Ken Loach Filmmaker
  • Owen Jones Writer
  • James Meadway Senior economist, New Economics Foundation
  • Wendy Savage & John Lipetz Keep our NHS Public
  • Merry Cross Disabled People Against the Cuts
  • John Hendy QC Co-chair, People’s Charter
  • John Hilary Director, War on Want
  • Sam Fairbairn National secretary, Coalition of Resistance
  • Imran Khan Solicitor, co-chair, People’s Charter
  • Rachael Newton People’s Charter
  • Romayne Phoenix Chair, Coalition of Resistance
  • Zita Holbourne Co-chair, Black activists rising against the cuts
  • Clare Solomon Vice-chair, Coalition of Resistance
  • Andrew Burgin Vice-chair, Coalition of Resistance
  • Colin Hampton Co-ordinator, National Unemployed Workers Centres Combine
  • Anita Wright Secretary, National Association of Women
  • Joginder Bains Association of Indian Women
  • Shang Gahonia Indian Workers Association
  • Carolyn Jones Director, Institute of Employment Rights
  • Lindsey German Convenor, Stop the War Coalition
  • Kate Hudson General secretary, CND
  • Bruce Kent Peace campaigner
  • Lee Hall Playwright
  • Roger Lloyd Pack Actor
  • Josie Long Comedian
  • Iain Banks Author
  • Arthur Smith Comedian
  • Roy Bailey Folk singer
  • Francesca Martinez Comedian
  • John Rees Counterfire editorial board
  • Natalie Bennett Leader of the Green Party England and Wales
  • Fred Leplat Socialist Resistance
  • Robert Griffiths General secretary, Communist Party of Britain
  • Bill Greenshields Chair, Communist Party of Britain
  • Richard Bagley Editor, Morning Star

  It goes on to say that the Assembly  ‘Is a broad united national campaign against austerity’

and ‘is linked to no political party’

It ‘Is based on affiliation by individual supporters, unions nationally and locally, anti-cuts campaigns, and other student, pensioner, unemployed, disabled people’s, women’s, Black people’s, youth and LGBT campaigning organisations’

and ‘Aspires to support, encourage, coordinate joint action, and facilitate a transfer of experience rather than to command’.

On their website a rookie member of The People’s Assembly completed a report on the days event. Read the full article at the link.

Article from queens speech state opening of parliament

Here though we wanted to focus on the two following paragraphs from that article.

“…. Jeremy Corbyn, (Labour) MP for Islington North voiced perhaps the defining words of the assembly: “Keep the spirit of that world you want to live in – not the nasty divided one we’re in,” he told the crowd..”

“…As Richard Burgon, Labour MP for East Leeds candidly called to the crowd. ‘Don’t wait for politics to fix it. Politics is broken…” 

 

Peoples Assembly Protesters outside Downing Street during the Queens Speech

We notice a common theme amongst the supporters and signatories that despite the Assembly insisting they do not support a political party it’s hard, almost impossible to imagine there is no Labour Party agenda or at least Labour will be using the Assembly as a platform for their Party message.

National Campaign against fees and cuts is a movement of students against tuition fees, education cuts and wider public service cuts and has been operating since 2010. It has the support of the NUS.

I think this is fairly straightforward with only two questions to ponder. 

Why are the the NCAFAC not affiliates to the People’s Assembly when Vicky Baara of NUS development is? Why did they also arrange their protest away from Parliament Square?

Now we have had a look at the groups involved let’s focus on the questions;

Why did both groups arrange their protests at 5pm or 5.30pm? The State opening of parliament occurred late morning into the early afternoon. What better way to make your point than to protest live on TV. 

Everyone has been talking about ‘fighting back’ and not giving the government any rest and protesting at every opportunity. As long as, it seems, we don’t upset too many. people. 

To keep the backing of the MP’s does the People’s Assembly have to conform? After all, the MP’s, even if every party is represented except a Tory one, can’t be seen to be condoning disruptive behaviour. It raises the question doesn’t it? A movement for the people, so long as the MPs don’t get shown up. Is this why the protest was arranged later in the day? Is this why the two protesters in Parliament square who were arrested were the only ones there at all during the State Opening. Are these the only two activists who can think for themselves?

What about the NCAFAC? What was there excuse? Could it be that to be ‘official’ they have to get the backing of the NUS? Would the NUS allow their students and membership to be seen to be disruptive at the State Opening? After all, the bite of the Unions seem to be weaker and weaker with every passing year. 

The likelihood is, and we haven’t verified this, that both groups had notified the police in advance of the protests which meant they were limited in their approach. 

Oddly enough with the People’s Assembly being as big as it is its a wonder why they had less supporters representing the PA than NCAFAC did. Even if they did eventually combine to march another long trek around half of London, leading nowhere but eventually back to Trafalgar Sqaure. 

Why does everything end up back at Trafalgar Square? Why do we march aimlessly around London for a couple of hours. Footage from the protest shows at one point everyone keeping to the pavement. Poor innocent pedestrians, must have taken ages to walk through that throng of people. Still, at least it meant the cars could move freely from A to B.

We witness one video of a member of Anonymous facing off against police all on his own, despite being surrounded by dozens if not hundreds of fellow protesters. Walking into and backing into the police line won’t get you very far, and it didn’t. Despite his best efforts, the crowd couldn’t be convinced to commit any sort of civil disobedience. 

The purpose here is not to lambaste the people taking part, after all, they are making an effort and doing more than most. No, the idea is to ask the questions. To make us question, what are we doing here? Who are we backing? Is this making the right impact. 

People will say my comments are divisive, I would say that two separate groups arranging two separate protests at two separate times of day both of which were totally irrelevant times, is the more divisive action. 

The lights are on, but nobody’s home. 

Stop hypothesising. It’s right in front of you. Can you see it yet? 

“you know what, this Austerity thing isn’t very popular is it? Let’s stop now and start giving something back to you”. 

  

Probably not. Whilst you are busy hypothesising how we can get the Tories and Labour out of power and procrastinating that we will never see the Green Party gain any real genuine momentum and how we will never see democracy, we have already started a 5 year plan. 

We started this the night before the elections. The 6th May. We knew the Greens would do well but wouldn’t make any huge inroads and when we saw what the SNP did in Scotland, as expected, we knew then that this plan could work. 

There is one caveat to that though. You. Without you there is no plan. This is not hyperbole. It’s a fact. Whilst you’re over there planning to demonstrate on one of the demo days coming up in the summer or thinking about joining the Green Party, both of which by the way are wonderful acts that should be done with passion and commitment, the government is continuing to plan for 5 more years of cuts. 

5 years of ‘we couldn’t give a rats arse about you‘ policies being enacted and everyone meanwhile is saying that Labour have not got a hope in hell in 2020 of taking back their crown to replace Tory austerity with, would you believe, Labour austerity. That’s right wing Labour for you. 

In 2020 if we haven’t got our act together we will see another 5 years of Tory rule. Although demos and lobbying send messages to government they are unlikely to listen. I will eat my hat if Cameron turns round in July and says 

“you know what, this Austerity thing isn’t very popular is it? Let’s stop now and start giving something back to you”. 

It’s just not happening. So if we can’t get them out in 2020 and Labour are leaning ever more to the right and protesting won’t change much, if anything, what can we do?

Unless you have a million man army at your disposal then the only viable option is to get them out at the ballot box. Impossible? No. One heck of a challenge? Yes. 

At the very least, if we can’t knock the Tories off their perch then becoming the true opposition to the Tories over Labour is a very real possibility. 

  
Oh you were all thinking of voting Labour in 2020 just to get the Tories out? I am sure many people suggested that this time around as well, but it got us nowhere. What about not voting at all? Well, it’s preferable to voting Tory or Labout but then what? 

In 2020 we will still have the Tories and Labour and no closer to the changes you want to see, because this is the crux, it doesn’t mater how anti government you may be, you will be stuck with on, likely throughout your lifetime. Wouldn’t it at least be better under a green government? Would you not have a better chance of creating the ideological society you yearn for under a Green government?

Forget voting for Labour. It’s time we had someone different in there. A real alternative. A game changer. Finally something to call our own political revolution. The Green Party, progressive ideas, short term plans for improvement for us all and long term plans for a huge, collossal shift in political thinking for the environment and the planet we inhabit. How glorious it would be to have another option in parliament. 

Hang on though.. You’re over there still talking about it aren’t you? Shall we wait? When do you think you might do something about it? Next year? 2018? Maybe even leave it till the last six months.. Why not? Because if we do that then nothing changes. Period. 

  
We are not delusional. We are not saying what we are doing will be the key aspect of a Green victory. We are not saying our work is better than anyone else’s. There are many factors to take into account why this will or won’t work. We know. We have looked at the angles available. Thing is, unless you jump on board with us then this will fail. This won’t go anywhere. Our goal is to change the landscape of thinking, to imprint on the minds of everyone you come into contact with in social media the existence and reality behind the Green Party. Perception is everything and by and large the Greens are still seen as a fringe party. The Green Party don’t have the funds to go viral. The Greens want to do things without mass handouts by sponsors and backers and rightly so. Let’s help them then. Become the unofficial Green Party PR machine. The advocates, the visionaries to a new political future. 

Or of course you could just ignore all this and go back to your one-off demo. This though will last 5 years and it could be everywhere, burrowing in to the psyche of a nation, add with that our plan for Street events across the nation and you potentially have the recipe for the Greens to do an SNP. 

Not exactly sure how we are going to do it? Well. We are not masters of this and we don’t have all the answers but we do know that we have a plan and it does indeed start with each and every one of you clicking a few buttons. For now, that’s all you have to do. 

  
The main campaign event is the ’99G Social Media and Street Event Campaign’ which is making the main effort to spread the message of the Green Party

Our 99G page can be found here which caters to all tastes and has a multitude of content. 

We also have two further side events running both of which are social media based

1 Million Greens & Go Green

1 Million Greens is an effort to get 1 million people (like that which voted in 2015) to join together by joining this event in support of the Green Party and Go Green is a challenge to people that join to between now and 2020 actively convert someone to Green. 

We also have a Street Team group for people who want to be active participants in the social media campaign and potentially help with arranging future street events. You can find it here at the link

Finally, you can find us on Google+, Twitter @202099G, YouTube, Spreaker, Flipboard and Instagram

  
You have nothing to lose but potentially Everything to gain. You can be the key to it being a success. We hope to see you there to make this possible. 

Believe it can happen, because no one else will believe it for you. 

Click, Join and share, click, join and share….

  

99G – An impossible task? 

Here we look at why we believe it is possible to get the Green Party who ultimately best represent the 99%, to at least a position of direct opposition to the Conservatives and usurp Labour. 

Caveat: The examples and explanations here are in simple form and represent belief & hope as much as they do fact. However belief is what we must have if we have any chance of ridding ourselves of the most corrupt politicians in our midst. 

Firstly, let’s look at where the Green Surge vote came from in the 2015 General Election. (Data taken from Lord Ashcroft poll of 12,000 people)

  
We can immediately see where the majority of the vote came from, the Lib Dems, who were decimated. 50% of the Lib Dem vote went to the Green Party, more than any other party. This is followed by previous Green Voters and then on 18%, Labour voters. 

Next we see the how the UK voted by way of a colour coded map.

  
We can see a clear pattern. Whilst the majority of England voted Conservative, the North was much more mixed than the South with the exception of London. Not wanting to put a too finer point on it but London as well as some parts of the North have some of highest poverty rates in England. It would make sense that the people suffering the most during this austerity would vote for what they saw as a more left leaning party than the Conservatives and things will likely only get worse over the next 5 years. 

Keep this information about the Labour vote in mind for now. 

Next we have two paragraphs regarding voter turnout. 

  
This is where the idea for the 99G campaign originates. Scotland. The 45/YES social media campaigns worked a treat for the SNP and with a myriad of other factors thrown into the mix it is no wonder voter turnout was high, and look what happened there. 

  

Manchester. Where Labour held. Manchester has some heavily poverty stricken areas and although Labour held, the turnout was very low, just 46%. Compare that to the 80% in the previous photo image and you will begin to build a picture of how Scotland went SNP wild.

The penultimate photo shows the UK vote share for 2015

  
Finally the voter turnout for the General Election 2015

  66.1% of the available electorate turned out to vote on 7th May 2015. 

So let’s do a quick analysis of how we can achieve the victory we want and so desperately need. 

As it stands the Greens have 3.8% of the vote. If we can harness just 1% more of the vote from the Liberal Democrats (Who are in free fall) then that will take us to 4.8%. Higher than the SNP (We are aware about the injustices of the FPTP voting system). If we can then concentrate on Labour supporters, especially floating voters and voters who are fed up with the ever more right leaning Labour Party then feasibly we could look to wipe 10% off their vote and take that for ourselves. This would take us to 14.8% of the vote. Above UKIP. 

But then take into consideration that only 66.1% of the population went and voted. If we can also reach that group of people then potentially out of the 31% remaining electorate we could skim another 10% from there and with Labours vote being down to around 20.4% we would see our vote share rise to around 24.8%. Above Labour. 

With that level of support anything could be achieved. All the areas we can grab votes from makes perfect sense and is also proportionate and to a degree at least, realistic. 

This is still a tall order and doesn’t take into account other factors and then you have the unknown factor. What will happen in 5 years time? We don’t pretend we will achieve it over night but we have every reason to believe that this could be a success. 

Again, we know this is simplified, but it gives a brief overview of the challenges ahead.

Join us at our Campaign.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1441881749457892/ 

And our page at 99G

We are across all major social networks including Twitter @202099G